Can symbolic play prepare children for their future?

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The present paper brings together findings concerning the role of symbolic play. We assume that symbolic play has seven functions: cognitive, creative, ordering, stimulative, socializing, expressive, and substitutive functions in the Child's process of development. Symbolic play prepares children for their future by accomplishing those functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • Symbolic play
  • children's futures
  • preschoolers


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